What's good for the Web server is good for the directory in the eyes of Ipedo, a developer of content delivery and acceleration software.
Just as caching devices have rescued Web servers from becoming bottlenecks on the Internet, Ipedo believes caches can help boost performance for directories as they begin to grow in importance.
To support the concept, the company recently released Directory Cache, an appliance that speeds access to data in directories compliant with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. Those include IBM SecureWay, IPlanet Directory Server and Novell eDirectory. A version for Microsoft's Active Directory is under development.
Company officials say the cache, which sits in front of a directory, increases the rate of access to directory information by 10 times.
Directory Cache runs on Windows NT and 2000, Sun Solaris and Red Hat Linux servers. The software costs $U25,000 per server with an unlimited number of users.www.ipedo.com